When you think of your childhood stuffed animal, you probably think of something warm and fuzzy, something cherished and sentimental. What you don’t think of is a crude, pot-smoking, politically incorrect, sexually promiscuous teddy bear that works as a grocery store checkout clerk and lives in his own studio apartment in downtown Boston. Am I right or am I right?
For Ted’s protagonist John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), this is the reality of his stuffed animal, the result of a wish made as a lonely child in the ‘80s. After receiving a large teddy bear for Christmas, young John names the bear Ted and wishes him into a walking, talking, lifelong friend. And the bear becomes just that. Nearly thirty years later, his friendship with Ted begins to wreak havoc on his life, particularly his relationship with four-year flame Lori (Mila Kunis), and man-child John is forced to make a decision about whether or not to leave his past behind for good.
With writer Seth MacFarlane behind the script, most well-known for his outrageous FOX series Family Guy, I knew I’d be in for some crude, tasteless humor. And it turns out Ted’s got more Family Guy attributes in it than that. To name a few:
What I wasn’t expecting with this film was such a soft-spot in MacFarlane, as Ted’s characters explore childhood versus adulthood and gain insight into the transformative nature of relationships. Don’t get me wrong: these life lessons aren’t anything ground-breaking, but they’re a nice temporary distraction from the consistently offensive and vulgar humor present throughout. In a way, the film is almost self-deprecating, a cheesy depiction of the Hollywood formula in which romance, sentiment and humor all align to form a perfectly packaged story.
I had my doubts about Ted before it hit theaters. But this one’s got the bear necessities for a satisfying film: a lot of humor and a little bit of heart. And in my opinion, you can’t ask for a better combination than that.
She is fun, fabulous and fierce. She is chic, intelligent and in-the-know. But most of all, the Cheeky chick is the kind of woman who embraces, admires, respects, smiles at and opens her heart to other fabulous chicks. Now THAT'S Cheeky, darling!